Thursday, 21 July 2011

Mitchell & Kenyon

Yesterday I went to the National Fairground Archive at Sheffield University as part of my research. It is full of fascinating books and ephemera as well housing as an extensive archive of digital materials. Aside from what I went in there to look at, I also learnt about Mitchell and Kenyon films, an amazing visual record of everyday life in Britain at the beginning of the twentieth century. The films, of everyday scenes, were made to be shown at the fair, in order to entice people in so they could see themselves in the cinema. You can see lots of them on the BFI You tube channel.

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